Scammers Posting on Vacation Rental Websites

Vacation Rental Scam 1Everybody’s looking for a deal, when it comes to vacations, because vacations can be expensive. So, you may go on Craigslist or one of the vacation rental websites to try to cut down your costs.

Just be careful. Sometimes scammers post on those websites, too.

It’ll look like a great deal, but they’ll require you to pay a deposit up front by a pre-paid debit card or by wiring the money. If it’s a scammer, once you pay that deposit, you won’t hear from them anymore.

“Once you send the money, it’s just gone.  They aren’t really the owner or maybe there’s not really a vacation home there at all,” said Jeannette Kopko with the Dallas Better Business Bureau.

Maybe you can get a really good deal on one of these websites, but you need to watch out for these scammers. Look out for emails with bad grammar or spelling.

“There may be bad grammar or words misspelled. Information missing that you would expect to be there and it just doesn’t seem right. Listen to those instincts,” said Kopko.

A lot of times, the websites won’t help you get your money back.

“They’re going to say ‘we had nothing to do with this. We do what we can to protect against it.’ It’s really up to you to verify who you’re dealing with and to protect the money that you send,” said Kopko.

Just really make sure you check it out. If you’re going on vacation, you don’t want to have to deal with a scammer.


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